As expected, Redskins will appeal trademark ruling

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As you might imagine for a team that has taken the “ALL CAPS/over my dead body” approach to an increasingly unpopular nickname, the Redskins confirmed that they will appeal today’s trademark ruling.

“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo,” said Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the Redskins, in a statement issued by the team. “We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal. This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins’ trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board.”

Florio referenced that 1999 ruling earlier today, and noted the inevitable change in the social and political climate about the name.

The Redskins statement expressed nothing but the same kind of confidence owner Dan Snyder has become known for on this issue, the same kind that makes General Manager Bruce Allen say things like “We’re fine.”

They might be from a legal sense, for the moment, but the pressure on them continues to grow with every passing day.

22 responses to “As expected, Redskins will appeal trademark ruling

  1. So the trademark affects the logo too? What specifically is offensive about a picture of an Indian? Now i’m confused.

  2. The Redskins name is indeed mildly offensive and most likely and probably should change in the near future; aren’t rulings like this that mitigate our 1st amendment rights? SInce politics is usually about compromise, how about changing the name to the Braves or Indians? Seems to work for baseball and the team wouldn;t even need to change the logo.

  3. This fight is going to last for a very long time. The ruling will be overturned the climate hasn’t changed that’s a myth.

  4. Either that or they will change their logo to a potato. Which BTW there are separate trademarks for the logo only without the name and I don’t believe today’s ruling affects the trademark of just the logo

  5. Snyder will readthe pros and cons of how it affects the BOTTOMLINE, then he’ll move. (appeal)

    He will at least begin an appeal that can be withdrawn after everything is weighed. After all, years of appeals mean tons of attorneys fees.

    He’ll milk the trademark, under appeal, for a couple years, claim victory and then change the name.

  6. This is absurd for the Federal Government to even care about given the problems facing America right now. None of us have a right not to be offended. There are 10 times as many people in this country who disagree with gambling, as well as the seizure of private property without due process (patents are private property), yet I don’t hear anyone in Congress complaining about that?

    I will support this action if, and only if, Native American tribes are banned outright from operating and taking an ownership stake in casino gaming throughout America.

  7. If Snyder loses the appeal, he will no longer enjoy trademark protection for the Redskins name or logo.

    And since Snyder has so forcefully stated that the name change will occur “OVER DEAD BODY”, won’t that mean that a great deal MORE merchandise bearing the REDSKINS name and logo will be sold?

    Isn’t that the exact opposite of what the PC crowd is trying to achieve?

  8. Govt doesn’t have this right just because it might be unpopular with a small percentage of people in that case Atlanta and Cleveland should change their names/logos also.

  9. A LIE can get half way around the world before TRUTH gets it’s shoes on.

    Well, my bigot friends, TRUTH is in the starting blocks … and the Lie and the Lying Liars who told the Lies, are about to be dragged, kicking and screaming into the 21st century.

    Call it PC, being soft or whatever. I call it being on the wrong side of history. Ask George Wallace, Bull Connor and Jesse Helms how that worked out.

  10. The redskins just need to release a public relations campaign to educate the opposing community how the name is respectful and void of anything racial. Right now they continue to be on the defensive while the opposition is attempting to persuade public opinion to the contrary. This has nothing to do with change now. It is for change in the future….and the redskins will ultimately lose unless they start educating and promoting their name and logo more positive light. This is a name that has been respected in tradition for generations and the greater majority understands that. The team needs to assure future generations do as well…and more importantly, that those who feel otherwise are not falsely persuaded. More often than not people make words hurtful by their perception rather than their intention.

  11. I just thank God everyday I have more important things to worry about in my life then being offended by sports team names and logos. I’ve realized not everybody is that lucky and I feel bad for them.

  12. It is rather amusing that both pundits and commenters are taking an increasingly personal tone and resorting to name calling and veiled personal attacks, which are tactics employed by the right- see Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, for example.

    Perhaps this is in respone to the acerbic nature of the commenters supporting the name, but it seems to lessen the effectiveness of the arguments when snide comments are used as opposed to objective data or well thought out opinions.

    Snyder & Co. have not used pejorative statements when addressing the issue, except for the ill-advised “over my dead body” quote, which was not recorded or verified.

    Perhaps those in favor of the name change could take an objective tack in the future, so as not to “poison the well” as Mssrs Limbaugh and Hannity have done, potentially alienating those on the fence.

  13. I never really understood the opposition to changing the name from a business perspective. The value of the throwback gear will go through the roof and the fans will be lining up to buy the new gear, too. And you build some goodwill with a minority community and look like you care (even if you don’t, which Snyder obviously doesn’t). He played this wrong from the start for no good reason that I can see.

    Yeah, you don’t want to be bullied into your management decisions but you also don’t want to get into a pointless pissing match that costs you money and reputation. Seems dumb to me but then what else should we expect from Snyder – look how he’s run the team during his tenure as owner.

  14. This topic has become exhausting. Let the Liberals have their way. Change the name … so we can move on and enjoy the greatest sport on Earth.

  15. Tick tock, tick tock…

    Tiiiimmmeee is on my side, yes it is.

    Maybe they should ask RG3 for a new name.

    He’s all about “branding”.

    Too bad he’s not too much about football.

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